“Revisiting Discourses of Love, Sex, and Desire in Modern Iran and Diaspora,” One-day Symposium, UNC-Chapel Hill, September and October, 2020.Symposium Info!
Marriage, Family, Religion, and Culture in Pre-Islamic and Early Islamic Iran and the Middle East, New York University in Abu Dhabi, January 9-10, 2017. (co-organized with Janet Afary)
Iranian Men and Masculinities II: Iranian (Diasporic) Cinema, 12th Biennial Association for Iranian Studies Conference. UC Irvine, August 2018.
Iranian Minority Literary Women, 12th Biennial Association for Iranian Studies Conference. University of California at Irvine, August 2018.
Permutations of Desire in Modern Persian Literature, American Comparative Literature Association, Seattle, Washington, March 26-9, 2015.
New Approaches to Love in Medieval Persian Poetry: Critical Interventions, Modern Language Association, Vancouver, Canada, January 8-11, 2015.
Middle East Women Writers. Women’s and Gender Studies Student Symposium, Georgia College and State University, Milledgeville, GA, March 28, 2014.
Persian Literature and Culture: Desire, Sexuality and Subjectivity in Modern Persian Literature, South Central Modern Language Association, New Orleans, LA, October 3-5, 2013.
Persian Literature and Culture: Construction of Subjectivity in Medieval Persian Literature, South Central Modern Language Association, New Orleans, LA, October 3-5, 2013.
“Sonia Balassanian: Writing the Impossible.” Initiative for Iranian Studies, University of Toronto, Canada, March 12, 2021.
“Representation of Sigheh Women in Modern Iranian Cultural Productions.” University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Nov. 14, 2020. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrC-rd-mcGk
“Embodiment, Power, and Politics in Farahbakhsh’s Zendegi-ye Khosusi.” UCLA Iranian Studies Bilingual Lecture Series, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, Nov. 9, 2020. https://www.facebook.com/uclairanian/videos/374729657098446
“Panel Discussion on Iranian Women in Academia.” UCI Jordan Center for Persian Studies. UC Irvine, CA, Nov. 6, 2020. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=liAJUmY9QeU&t=2111s
“The Politicization of the Female Body in the Context of Sigheh Marriages.” Iranian Colloquium Series, Yale University, October 30, 2020.
“Zulaikha’s Displaced Desire in Jami’s ‘Yusuf va Zulaikha’.” Rereading Hafiz Today Symposium. University of California, Irvine, CA, December 6, 2019.
“Gender-related Double Standards within Sigheh marriages in Showkaran and Zendegi-ye Khosusi,” Iranian Studies Network, University of New South Wales, Australia, August 8, 2019.
“Women and Literature in the Middle East,” the Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill, April 13, 2019.
“Diversity and Classics: A Roundtable Discussion,” UNC-Chapel Hill, March 6, 2019.
“Diasporic Transnational Armenians in Pirzad’s Works.” Armeno-Iranica Conference, University of California at Irvine, Irvine, CA. January 26-27, 2019.
“Iran’s Girls of Revolution Street: From Literary Narratives to Text-Based Protests to Cyberactivism.” Department of Near Eastern Studies. University of Washington, Seattle, WA. October 10, 2018.
“Diasporic Transnational Armenians in Pirzad’s Works.” UCLA Center for European and Russian Studies, Caucasus Lecture Series, University of California at Los Angeles, LA, CA. October 8, 2018.
“Subjectivity and Transgression in ‘Attar.” Persian Art Center in Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC. May 6, 2018.
“Intertwined Histories and Perspectives: A Contrapuntal Reading of ‘Attar.” The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC. January 29, 2018.
“Graphic Novel as a Tool for Portrayal of the Hierarchy of Iranian Masculinities.” University of California at Irvine, Irvine, CA. November 10, 2017.
“Forugh Farrokhzad and Sussan Deyhim.” Carolina Performing Arts at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC. October 28, 2016.
Masculinity in Persian Poetry, Painting, and Film, Literature Program Faculty Talks, Georgia College and State University, October 21, 2015.
The Evolution of Hijab in Modern Iran, Women’s Politics and Religion in the Muslim Middle East Panel, Iranian Studies Initiative, UC Santa Barbara, CA, February 20, 2014.
What It Means To Be a Woman In Modern Iran, Persian Circle, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, January 10, 2014.
Sexual Ideology in Modern Iran,” Women’s and Gender Studies Lecture Series, Georgia College and State University, Milledgeville, GA, November 11, 2013.
The Societal and Divine Other in ‘Attar’s Poetry, University of Oklahoma, OK, March 4, 2013.
From Black Roots to Green Blossoms: Iranian Women’s Empowerment 1900-2011, Oppression and Choice: Women, Patriarch and the Middle East Panel, Associated Students Human Rights Week, UC Santa Barbara, February 29, 2012.
“40 Years of Resistance against Compulsory Veiling in Iran.” Bodies: Social Media and the Body in Cyberspace Panel. National Women’s Studies Association. San Francisco, CA. November 14-17, 2019.
“The Fluidity of Iranian-Armenian Identity in Zoya Pirzad’s Things Left Unsaid.” Iranian Minority Literary Women Panel. 12th Biennial Association for Iranian Studies Conference. University of California at Irvine, Irvine, CA. August 2018.
“Unscripted Narratives of Armenians in Iran-Iraq War.” Holy Defense in Art, History, and Literature Roundtable.12th Biennial Association for Iranian Studies Conference. University of California at Irvine, Irvine, CA. August 2018.
“Zulaikha’s Reverted Gaze.” Vision and Desire: Between the Body and the Unseen. Pacific Ancient Modern Language Association. Honolulu, HI. November 12, 2017.
“The Abject Outsider vis-à-vis the Hegemonic Masculinity.” American Comparative Literature Association, Utrecht, Netherlands. July 8, 2017.
“The Abject Outsider vis-à-vis the Dominant Masculinity in Yousef and Farhad Struggling for family acceptance in Iran: the story of two gay men.” The Department of Asian Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC. February 15, 2017.
Psycho-Sexuality in the Sufism of Rabi’a al-Adawiyya, Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, Salt Lake, Utah, Oct. 20-22, 2016.
The Question of Armenian Identity in Zoya Pirzad’s “The Day Before Easter”, International Society for Iranian Studies, Vienna, Austria, August 3, 2016.
Yusuf’s Queer Masculinity in Persian Cultural Productions, American Comparative Literature Association, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, March 18, 2016.
Heterotopic Spaces in Ebrahim Golestan’s “Esmat’s Journey”, American Comparative Literature Association, Seattle, Washington, March 26-29, 2015.
The Exiled Figure in Nizami’s Laila and Majnun and Jami’s Yusuf and Zulaikha, Modern Language Association, Vancouver, Canada, January 8-11, 2015.
Despised, Yet Desired: Temporary Marriage in Ebrahim Golestan’s “Esmat’s Journey”, Middle East Studies Association, Washington, DC, November 22-25, 2014.
The Ideal of Beauty in Medieval and Post-Medieval Persian Culture: Jami’s “Yusuf and Zulaikha”, the 29th International Congress on Medievalism, the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, October 24-25, 2014.
Subversive Love of the Other in ‘Attar’s Works, Modern Language Association, Chicago, IL, January 9-12, 2014.
A Comparative Study of the Significance of Love in Shaykh Sanan and Abelard and Heloise’s Religious Transgression, Middle East Studies Association, Denver, CO, 17-20, 2012.
Coexistence of Diverse Voices in Farid al-Din ‘Attar Nishapuri’s Sufi Poetry, South Central Modern Language Association, San Antonio, TX, November 9-11, 2012.
Sexual Transgression in Farid al-Din ‘Attar Nishapuri’s Sufi Works, Literature & Religion Conference, UC Irvine, CA, May 11, 2012.
Sexuality and Spirituality: A Comparative Study of Rabi’a al-‘A’dawiyya’s and Margery Kempe’s Traumatic Experiences, American Comparative Literature Association, Providence, RI, March 29-April 1, 2012.
Sacred Versus Profane: Transgressive Homo-erotic Love in Sufi Poetry, American Comparative Literature Association, Vancouver, Canada, March 31-April 4, 2011.
Legal or Illegal: Temporary Marriage as an Alternative to Prostitution in Ebrahim Golestan’s “Esmat’s Journey”, Graduate Student Symposium on Sex Work, UC Santa Barbara, CA, May 25, 2010.
I have ordained you to be a mirror: Margery Kempe’s Psycho-Religious Quest for Self, Medieval Association of the Pacific, Tacoma-Seattle, WA, March 3-5, 2010.